Smart Homes and Assistive Technologies: Curriculum

Facts about the studies

  • Start: September
  • Costs per semester: € 363.36 tuition fee, € 75 cost contribution for additional services, € 20.20 ÖH contribution
  • Attendance times during the study program: Monday to Friday during the day
  • Work placement in the 5th semester
  • a Bachelor thesis
  • 180 ECTS credits
  • Possibility for a semester abroad

Courses

Below you find the current courses of the study program.

1. Semester

Name ECTS
SWS
Communication 1 (COMM1)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Competence and Cooperation (KOKO)
German / UE
2.00
1.00

Course description

This course focuses on the students' self-responsible learning processes and imparts appropriate learning strategies as well as techniques and methods of time and self-management. It serves the students as a forum to get to know their group colleagues and prepares them for their own teamwork by applying and reflecting on selected team concepts.

Methodology

Impulse lecture, self-study (short videos, literature, etc.), discussion, work in groups, presentation

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • aquire learning content in a variety of ways (repertoire) and prepare it for easy access (e.g. structures, visualizations, etc…), thereby taking into account the functioning of the brain
  • prioritize activities based on various methods (e.g. ABC-analysis, Pomodoro-technique) and plan their timing
  • recognise personal stress triggers and behaviour patterns and develop and describe possibilities for pattern interruptions
  • explain phase models of team development (e.g. Tuckman) and team roles (e.g. Belbin) and derive interventions for their own practice

Course contents

  • Learning, learning models and learning techniques
  • Self- and time management
  • Constructive handling of stress
  • Teamwork: tasks, roles, development

Prerequisites

none

Literature

  • Franken, Swetlana: Verhaltensorientierte Führung – Handeln, Lernen und Diversity in Unternehmen, 3. Aufl. 2010
  • Lehner, Martin: Viel Stoff – schnell gelernt, 2. Aufl. 2018
  • Seiwert, Lothar: Wenn du es eilig hast, gehe langsam: Wenn du es noch eiliger hast, mache einen Umweg, 2018
  • Van Dick, Rolf / West, Michael A.: Teamwork, Teamdiagnose, Team-entwicklung, 2. Aufl. 2013

Assessment methods

  • Exercise, case studies, test, written exam

Anmerkungen

none

Technical English (ENG1)
English / UE
3.00
2.00

Course description

In the Technical English course, students will expand their language toolkit to allow them to effectively record and apply technical vocabulary and terminology in the context of future engineering topics such as automization, digitalization, machines and materials and 3D Printing. Moreover, students will advance their technical verbal and written skills by creating technical object and technical process descriptions specifically for technical professional audiences and engineering purposes.

Methodology

small and medium tasks and activities; open class inputs and discussion; individual task completion settings; peer review and discussion

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • record and employ technical vocabulary
  • create and understand technical process instructions
  • identify and produce technical text types according to their intended audience and communication purpose (for example a technical article and a process description)

Course contents

  • Future Trends in Technology (automization, digitalization, machines and materials, 3D printing, AI, and the internet of things.)
  • Visualizing technical descriptions
  • Describing technical visualizations
  • Technical object descriptions
  • Technical process descriptions
  • Technical English talk

Prerequisites

B2 level English

Literature

  • Murphy, R. (2019). English Grammar in Use, 5th Edition. Klett Verlag.
  • Oshima, A., Hogue, A. (2006). Writing Academic English, 4th Edition. Pearson Longman.

Assessment methods

  • 30% Technical Process Description Group Task
  • 30% Technical Process Description Language Task
  • 40% in-class writing (20% writing / 20% applied knowledge)
Digital Systems and Computer Architecture (DSCA)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Digital Systems and Computer Architecture (DSCA)
German / ILV
5.00
3.00
Electrical Engineering (ET)
German / iMod
5.00
-
Electrical Engineering (ET)
German / ILV
5.00
3.00
Electrical Engineering Laboratory (ETLAB)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Installation Engineering/Technologies (INSTA)
German / LAB
3.00
2.00
SPS Programming (SPS)
German / LAB
2.00
1.00
Hardware-related Software Development 1 (HWSE)
German / iMod
5.00
-
Hardware-related Software Development 1 (HWSE1)
German / LAB
5.00
3.00
Mathematics for Engineering Science 1 (MAES1)
German / iMod
5.00
-
Mathematics for Engineering Science 1 (MAES1)
German / ILV
5.00
3.00

Course description

The course „Mathematik für Computer Science 1“ is supposed to convey mathematical skills and a structured mode of thought. The methods acquired by the students, based on a sustainable foundation, enable them to solve up-to-date technical and engeneering problems in an efficient and comprehensible way and to analyze established solutions. After an introductory part the emphasis lies on linear algebra.

Methodology

Both face-to-face learning (lecturing, practical exercises) and self-study (preparation and post-processing) are integrated.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • to properly formulate mathematical statements using propositional logic and set theory, and to represent numbers in various numeral systems
  • to analyze basic properties of functions in one variable, and to interpret these in the appropriate subject context
  • to apply operations and changes of representation with complex numbers, to interpret them geometrically in the complex plane, and to describe harmonic oscillations in terms of complex numbers
  • to solve basic problems in general vector spaces and simple geometric problems in two and three dimensional euclidean space
  • to perform elementary matrix operations, and to compute determinants and inverse matrices
  • to solve systems of linear equations using Gauß‘ algorithm
  • to perform geometric operations in terms of linear mappings
  • to compute scalar products, orthogonal projections and orthogonal transformations, and to interprete them geometrically
  • to compute eigenvalues, eigenvectors and eigenspaces

Course contents

  • Logic and sets
  • Number sets and numeral systems
  • Functions
  • Complex numbers
  • Vector spaces
  • Matrices and linear operators
  • Systems of linear equations
  • Systems of linear equations
  • eigenvalues and eigenvectors

Prerequisites

none

Literature

  • Tilo Arens, Frank Hettlich, Christian Karpfinger, Ulrich Kockelkorn, Klaus Lichtenegger und Hellmuth Stachel: Mathematik. Springer Spektrum (aktuell: 4. Auflage 2018)

Assessment methods

  • The basis for the assessment are 10 (online) quizzes, two units of practical exercises and two written tests. The qualitative criteria for practical exercises and tests are an appropriate understanding of the contents and the necessary mathematical skills.

2. Semester

Name ECTS
SWS
Communication 2 (COMM2)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Business English (ENG2)
English / UE
3.00
2.00

Course description

In this Business English course, students will learn how to write clear, compelling, professional text, as well as, expanding their language toolkit to enable them to record and apply business vocabulary and terminology in the context of future trends in Business and Engineering. These trends would include, amongst others, diversity and inclusion, the globalization of the economy and, also, the internationalization of finance. Moreover, students will advance their verbal and written English language skills by applying critical thinking tools in the creation of impact analyses specifically for technical business audiences of the global community.

Methodology

small and medium tasks and activities; open class inputs and discussion; individual task completion settings; peer review and discussion

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • record and employ vocabulary for business in technology
  • create a business technology impact analysis
  • articulate both orally and in written form the different ways in which technology impacts business
  • use specific vocabulary and terminology in, for example, leading a meeting

Course contents

  • Business in Technology (for example finance and investment, the global economy, digital marketing and sales, international teams, and diversity and inclusion)
  • Impact Analyses for Business and Technology
  • Business English Talk

Prerequisites

B2 level English

Literature

  • Murphy, R. (2019). English Grammar in Use, 5th Edition. Klett Verlag.

Assessment methods

  • 30% Business Impact Analysis Group Task
  • 30% Business Impact Analysis Language Task
  • 40% in-class writing
Creativity and Complexity (KREKO)
German / UE
2.00
1.00

Course description

This course introduces the process of finding ideas by testing various creativity techniques, whereby the students also act as moderators using appropriate moderation techniques. As part of the course, students deal with the phenomenon of "complexity", develop a systemic attitude and train the explanation of complex issues, especially for people without major technical expertise.

Methodology

Impulse lecture, self-study (short videos, literature, etc.), discussion, work in groups, presentation

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • moderate a map query followed by clustering and multi-point querying
  • Implement case-oriented approaches to the generation of ideas (e. g. lateral thinking, critical thinking) as well as selected creativity techniques (e. g. stimulus word analysis, morphological box) to be explained and applied)
  • adopt a systemic mindset and explain and apply tools for dealing with complexity (cf. B. Effectiveness structures, paper computers
  • explain complex technical issues in a target group-specific manner (also for non-technicians)

Course contents

  • Moderation of groups
  • Brainstorming and creativity
  • Networked thinking, dealing with complexity
  • Explain complex issues

Prerequisites

none

Literature

  • Dörner, Dietrich: Die Logik des Misslingens: Strategisches Denken in komplexen Situationen, 14. Aufl. 2003
  • Lehner, Martin: Erkären und Verstehen: Eine kleine Didaktik der Vermittlung, 5. Aufl. 2018
  • Rustler, Florian: Denkwerkzeuge der Kreativität und Innovation – Das kleine Handbuch der Innovationsmethoden, 9. Aufl. 2019
  • Schilling, Gert: Moderation von Gruppen, 2005
  • Vester, Frederic: Die Kunst vernetzt zu denken, 2002

Assessment methods

  • Exercise, case studies, test

Anmerkungen

none

Communication Networks (CN)
German / iMod
5.00
-
Communication Networks (CN)
German / ILV
5.00
3.00
Electronics (EL)
German / iMod
5.00
-
Electronics (EL)
German / ILV
5.00
3.00
Fundamentals of Assistive Technologies (ATG)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Electronics Laboratory (ELAB)
German / LAB
2.00
1.00
Fundamentals of Assistive Technologies (ATGL)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00
Mathematics for Engineering Science 2 (MAT2)
German / iMod
5.00
-
Mathematics for Engineering Science 2 (MAT2)
German / ILV
5.00
3.00

Course description

The course „Mathematik für Engineering Science 2“ is supposed to convey mathematical skills and a structured mode of thoughtthe emphasis lies on calculus.

Methodology

Both face-to-face learning (lecturing, practical exercises) and self-study (preparation and post-processing) are integrated.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • to examine sequences and series with respect to convergence
  • to compute limits and the asymptotic behavious of functions
  • to explain the definition of the derivative of a function and to interpret the derivative geometrically
  • to apply the rules of differentiation to an appropriate extent
  • to analyze functions by means of differential calculus (e.g. with respect to extrema and curvature behaviour) and to approximate functions locally in terms of Taylor polynomials
  • to compute definite, indefinite and improper integrals
  • to interpret definite integrals as areas or accordingly in the relevant context
  • to classify ordinary differential equations
  • to solve basic ordinary differential equations by standard methods and to interpret them in the appropriate subject context

Course contents

  • sequences and series
  • differential calculus
  • integral calculus
  • ordinary differential equations

Prerequisites

none

Literature

  • Tilo Arens, Frank Hettlich, Christian Karpfinger, Ulrich Kockelkorn, Klaus Lichtenegger und Hellmuth Stachel: Mathematik. Springer Spektrum (aktuell: 4. Auflage 2018).

Assessment methods

  • The basis for the assessment are 10 (online) quizzes, two units of practical exercises and two written tests. The qualitative criteria for practical exercises and tests are an appropriate understanding of the contents and the necessary mathematical skills.

Anmerkungen

none

Microcontroller Technologies (MC)
English / iMod
5.00
-
Microcontroller Technologies (MC)
English / LAB
5.00
3.00

3. Semester

Name ECTS
SWS
Assistive Technologies (AT)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Assistive Technologies Platforms (ATP)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00
Rapid Prototyping (RP)
German / ILV
2.00
1.00
Assistive Technologies Laboratory (ATLAB)
German / iMod
5.00
-
Assistive Technologies Laboratory (ATLAB)
German / LAB
5.00
3.00
Control and Feedback Control Systems (SRT)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Control and Feedback Control Systems (SRT)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00
Control and Feedback Control Systems Laboratory (SRTLAB)
German / LAB
2.00
1.00
Fundamentals of Physics (PHYS)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Fundamentals of Physics for Engineering Sciences (PHY1)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00
Physics Laboratory (PHYLB)
German / LAB
2.00
1.00
Object-oriented Programming and Modeling (OOPM)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Object-oriented Paradigms (OOP)
German / ILV
2.00
1.00
Object-oriented Programming Lab (OOPLAB)
German / LAB
3.00
2.00
Research and Communication Skills (COMM3)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Communication and Culture (KOKU)
German / UE
2.00
1.00
Scientific Writing (WIA)
German / UE
3.00
2.00

4. Semester

Name ECTS
SWS
Business Administration (BWL)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Accounting (RW)
German / ILV
2.00
1.00

Course description

In this sub-module, students acquire basic knowledge in the areas of external and internal accounting.

Methodology

Flipped Classroom

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • to describe the system of double-entry accounting,
  • book simple business transactions,
  • prepare annual financial statements,
  • analyse annual financial statements on the basis of key figures,
  • explain the system of corporate taxation,
  • explain the elements and tasks of cost accounting,
  • list the system components of cost accounting,
  • determine the manufacturing costs of products and draw up an optimal production and sales programme.

Course contents

  • Accounting
  • Bookkeeping
  • Balance sheet analysis
  • Value added tax
  • Taxation of profits
  • Cost accounting

Prerequisites

none

Literature

  • Wala, Baumüller, Krimmel: Accounting, balance sheet and taxes, Facultas
  • Wala: Compact cost accounting, Amazon
  • Wala, Siller: Exam training cost accounting, bookboon
  • Wala, Felleitner: Written training in accounting & finance, Bookboon

Assessment methods

  • Interim tests: 10 points
  • Final exam: 90 points

Anmerkungen

Details see Moodle course

General Management (UF)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

In this sub-module students acquire basic knowledge in the fields of normative, strategic and operational management.

Methodology

Flipped Classroom

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • distinguish between different types of corporate goals,
  • distinguish between strategic and operational management,
  • explain tasks and instruments of controlling,
  • describe the advantages and disadvantages of a strong corporate culture,
  • develop strategies for a company from the analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats,
  • analyse the advantages and disadvantages of different forms of organizational structure,
  • optimize business processes,
  • distinguish between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation,
  • distinguish between different leadership theories,
  • explain the tasks and instruments of human resources management.

Course contents

  • Management
  • Company goals
  • Corporate Culture
  • Strategic management
  • Organization
  • Change Management
  • Motivation and Leadership
  • Personnel Management
  • Controlling

Prerequisites

none

Literature

  • Wala, Grobelschegg: Kernelemente der Unternehmensführung, Linde

Assessment methods

  • Interim tests: 10 points
  • Final exam: 90 points

Anmerkungen

Details see Moodle course

Sensor Technology and Processing of Biosignals (BIO)
German / iMod
5.00
-
Sensor Technology and Processing of Biosignals (BIO)
German / ILV
5.00
3.00
Smart Homes (SH)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Automation Networks (AN)
English / ILV
3.00
2.00
Building Systems Engineering (GST)
German / ILV
2.00
1.00
Smart Homes Laboratory (SHL)
German / iMod
5.00
-
Smart Homes Laboratory (SHL)
German / LAB
5.00
3.00
Web Technologies (WEB)
German / iMod
5.00
-
Web Technologies (WEB)
German / ILV
5.00
3.00
Working with and for patients 1 (AMP1)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Ethics (ETHIK)
German / UE
2.00
1.00
Working with and for patients 1 (AMP1)
German / UE
3.00
2.00

5. Semester

Name ECTS
SWS
Distributed Electrical Systems (VESYS)
German / iMod
5.00
-
Distributed Systems (VS)
German / ILV
5.00
3.00
Elective Modules (VERT)
German / kMod
10.00
-
Elective Module: Smart Homes and Assistive Technologies (VSMAT)
German / kMod
10.00
-
Projekt Project: Smart Homes and Assistive Technologies (PRSM)
German / PRJ
5.00
3.00
Selected Topics of Smart Homes and Assistive Technologies (SMAT)
German / ILV
5.00
3.00
IT Security (ITSEC)
English / kMod
5.00
-
IT Security Basics (ITSEC)
English / ILV
3.00
2.00
Software Security (SWSEC)
English / ILV
2.00
1.00
Management and Law (MANRE)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Business Law (RECHT)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

This course offers an introduction to Austrian business law with a focus on private law

Methodology

Lecture, self-study, discussion, exercises, case studies, inverted classroom

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • describe the structure of the legal system and the relationship between european law and national legislation
  • explain the most important private law framework conditions in business life (e.g. legal subjectivity, contract law, representation, default, damages, etc.) and to be able to estimate their influence on business decisions
  • take into account the special characteristics of B2B business transactions (e.g. obligation to notify defects, etc.) as well as those of B2C business transactions (e.g. consumer protection law, etc.);
  • find legal sources (e.g. court rulings) using databases like the Legal Information System of the Federal Government and to research further relevant literature
  • deal with a legal text and to interpret it on the basis of the canon of interpretation of legal methodology
  • meet the requirements of trade law necessary for a specific business activity
  • conclude contracts
  • assess simple legal issues and to decide whether professional support - such as the involvement of a lawyer or notary – is necessary
  • weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of different legal forms in the course of establishing a company

Course contents

  • Legal system
  • European fundamental freedoms
  • Trade Law
  • Legal forms
  • Company register
  • Law of Contracts
  • Consumer protection law
  • Disruptions in performance (default, warranty)
  • Tort Law

Prerequisites

None

Literature

  • Brugger, Einführung in das Wirtschaftsrecht. Kurzlehrbuch, aktuelle Auflage

Assessment methods

  • Written Exam: 70%
  • Interim tests and cases: 30%

Anmerkungen

None

Project Management (PM)
German / ILV
2.00
1.00
Working with and for patients 2 (AMP2)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Marketing and Sales (MKT)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

In this sub-module students acquire basic skills in the areas of marketing and sales.

Methodology

Flipped Classroom

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • define the terms “market” and “marketing”
  • name the components of a marketing plan
  • differentiate between different types of marketing strategies
  • differentiate between different market research methods
  • prepare product policy decisions
  • prepare price policy decisions
  • prepare communication policy decisions
  • prepare sales policy decisions
  • weigh up between different alternatives regarding the organizational anchoring of marketing in the company
  • calculate key figures for effectiveness and efficiency controls in marketing
  • name various instruments of online marketing and to describe their mode of operation

Course contents

  • Concept and Characteristics of Marketing
  • Marketing Planning
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Market Research
  • Product Policy
  • Price Policy
  • Sales Policy
  • Communication Policy
  • Marketing Organization
  • Marketing Controlling
  • Online Marketing

Prerequisites

Fundamentals of Business Administration

Literature

  • Bruhn, Marketing, Springer-Verlag
  • Bruhn, Marketingübungen, Springer-Verlag

Assessment methods

  • Written final exam: 70 points
  • Development of a marketing concept (group work): 30 points

Anmerkungen

Details see Moodle course

Subject-specific Law (FR)
German / ILV
2.00
1.00

6. Semester

Name ECTS
SWS
Bachelor Thesis (BA)
German / kMod
10.00
-
Bachelor Exam (BP)
German / EXAM
2.00
0.00

Course description

The Bachelor's examination is a commission examination before a relevant examination committee and completes the Bachelor's program.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • apply knowledge from different learning areas within the scope of the task technically correct and argumentatively correct to new situations

Course contents

  • The Bachelor's examination consists of a presentation of the bachelor paper an oral examination on the bachelor paper.
Bachelor Thesis (BA)
German / EL
8.00
5.00

Course description

The bachelor paper is an independent written work, which has to be written in the context of a course.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • to apply the scientific methods in the respective subject correctly to a technical task and to reflect the results critically.
  • to structure a scientific work in a formally correct way
  • to conduct (literature) research, evaluate sources and cite them according to the usual scientific standards

Course contents

  • The bachelor paper usually includes an independent examination with a detailed description and explanation of its solution.
Internship (BPRAK)
German / kMod
20.00
-
Internship (BPRAK)
German / SO
18.00
0.00

Course description

FH degree programmes are to be designed in such a way that students can acquire the knowledge, skills and competences relevant to professional practice that they need for successful professional activity. Against this background, internships represent a training-relevant component within the framework of Bachelor degree programmes.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • to independently solve well-defined subtasks in operational practice and to carry out the necessary documentation
  • to implement the knowledge and skills acquired during their studies.
  • to reflect the operational practice with regard to technical, economic and organizational, as well as management and personality relevant aspects

Course contents

  • The professional internship is accompanied by a seminar in which the students' experiences with the professional internship are reflected.
Internship Support and Reflection (PRAKB)
German / BE
2.00
1.00